Adding vintage style to a modern bathroom—in the form of retro-style plumbing fixtures, classic patterned tiles, throwback color schemes or nostalgic accessories—can create a sense of timelessness and warmth and a comforting reference to decades past. And if you've got a vintage bathroom in need of updating but don't have the budget to renovate, going retro can be a cost-effective option that's loaded with classic charm.
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A mid-century modern wood-framed free-form mirror and geometric black, green and white floor tiles adds a vintage touch to this contemporary bathroom. Antique brass cabinet pulls, lighting and plumbing fixtures amp up the retro vibes and bright white paint keeps it feeling fresh.
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Vintage Avocado Green
In the 1970s, avocado green bathroom suites (and kitchens) were hip and trendy. While most of those original fixtures are lost to time and changing bathroom trends, if you've got a perfectly preserved vintage avocado green sink, tub, or toilet and a penchant for authentic vintage decor, why not flaunt it? The rest of the room is demure, with simple gray wall tiles, a round mirror and clear glass sconces—and a quietly kitsch retro set of tied back blush pink drapes.
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Long before soft millennial pink was a thing, bright pink bathroom (and kitchen) tile was its own kind of thing. Here assertive pink subway tile and black terrazzo flooring give this otherwise simple bathroom a swinging 60s time capsule vibe. Fresh white walls, towels and shower curtain keep it from looking like a film set and new vintage-style stainless steel plumbing and hardware tie in the vintage theme.
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This bathroom combines vintage and antique elements, using black as a grounding accent color for the flooring, free-standing claw foot tub, mirror frames, sconces, and old-fashioned wood and glass display cabinet. Vintage-style wall-mounted sinks and a pea green wall color adds a retro feel; a lush green plant in the center of the room brings it into the now.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Vintage Armchair and Wallpaper
In the Santa Monica home of interior designer Kathryn Ireland, a pink button tufted armchair and cheerful pink-and-white wallpaper creates a neo-retro vintage vibe that's easy to recreate if you've got the room for an armchair in the bathroom. If you don't, choose a fabric-covered stool or a vintage-style shower curtain instead, or pick a wall for some peel-and-stick vintage wallpaper and add some cozy fabric lampshades to wall sconces to emulate the look.
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This vintage-inspired granny chic bathroom is the kind of relic you'd find in a Lucille Ball-esque grandmother's house, but the kitschy vintage vibe can be replicated with oversize floral wallpaper in muted colors, vintage mirrors, cabinet pulls and lighting (flounced curtains and stool cushions optional).
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Mid-Century Modern Twist
For this vintage-inspired bathroom renovation, Jersey Ice Cream Co. transformed a wooden mid-century modern buffet into a console for double farmhouse sinks. A round mirror and vintage-inspired sconces polish off the look.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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In this otherwise modern bathroom, a pedestal sink and vintage-style crystal sconces with silk lampshades in soft pink create flattering light. A gilded accent mirror gives the contemporary bathroom a lightly vintage feel that's easy to pull off. Black-and-white checkerboard tiles have a long history that makes calling them vintage an understatement, a design classic that will outlive us all.
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This 1910 bathroom at the Mercersburg Inn in Pennsylvania is a great argument for preserving vintage details like the wall tiles and plumbing fixtures. Subtle updates like a new vintage-style freestanding tub ensure that the room has a fresh, well maintained look. Classic penny floor tiles and a gray marble shower surround show the power of using classic materials that stand the test of time.